Gabrielle Price is an undergraduate student at the University of West Indies.My interest lies in health, fitness, and writing.
Tired from the hustle and bustle of city life, harassed by bill collectors, dealing with noise pollution, and the smell of carbon monoxide in the morning. Well, one way to get away from it all is living in the Caribbean. A bit drastic you say; could be, but if you want some serious change in your lifestyle, Caribbean life could be for you. White sandy beaches, crystal seas, blue skies may be the right direction. Although we may picture this as a vacation or a break from a hectic lifestyle, why can’t it become a part of your life? Why not head to the Caribbean to make it your permanent home, for retirement, affordable living or finding new opportunities?
Expats from all over the world are relocating, so if you want a more calming, peaceful lifestyle, check out the Caribbean and the many islands it has to offer. In this article, I will discuss why you should think of making the Caribbean your new home.
1. The Environment
A subtropical environment that is sunny year-round. It allows you more time in nature and away from all the development and pollution of city life. A breathtaking ocean view or the lush greenery of mountains and valleys, the chirping of nightly crickets (you soon get used to this), interesting wildlife and the mischievous green monkeys that I have experience since moving to the island of Barbados, sometimes a family of five with the babies hanging on their mother’s backs, swinging from branches or crossing the busy streets. But be careful, they will steal all your food both in and outside the home.
2. Local Dishes
Caribbean food (yum) with so many farmers, you have a wide range of produce to choose from or you can try your hand at creating your own kitchen garden (please check out my previous article on kitchen gardening). Compared to city life, you are surrounded by fast food businesses that makes it very difficult to eat healthy. Though we have things like post mates and an increase in inexpensive vegetarian restaurants, fast food is the easiest choice as it's much cheaper and quicker to get. But living in the Caribbean allows you to get away from that. In the Caribbean, there are more local restaurants than fast-food chains, and you will be surprised by the number of diverse foods you can find from hot and spicy Caribbean foods to Indian, Chinese, African or Italian. All possible by the many immigrants and expats moving to the Caribbean and setting up businesses.
3. Change of Pace
City life is fast paced, hustle and bustle. You’re constantly on the go, with hardly any time to relax and enjoy the finer things of life. But in the Caribbean, it’s different. (how you ask) The pace is slower and the islanders take it one day at a time, with an easy going atmosphere around them, with the phrase (no problem man) showing how low key and relaxed the lifestyle is. So if you are coming to the Caribbean hoping to get things done fast, you might have to think again because you’re in for a long wait. A relaxed nature is needed in this fast-paced world we live in today, and although a slow pace can be a disadvantage for some who are used to a faster pace, research has shown that a slower pace can be beneficial for your health.
4. Affordable Living
It may look pricey to live in the Caribbean when watching TV shows shot in beachfront property. But, the cost of living can be affordable. Many islands that have modest spacious housing that allows you to live near the beach. Comparing US currency to the island’s currency, you may find that housing and food can be in your pocket range. Especially your grocery bill when picking up local produce from the farmer’s market that can be found anywhere on the island. Also, Caribbean islands serve as tax havens as they have low tax rates and offer privacy for your financials. Some islands don’t even have an income tax or corporation tax for international companies. For example, the Cayman Islands and Panama.
You will be surprised by the many cultures on the islands and the variety of English dialects you will hear, plus many different languages including French, Dutch, Spanish and Mandarin. In addition you can experience different types of music like Reggae, Soca, and Calypso with various dance movements and the Arts. One way to experience this is the Barbados Annual Crop Over Festival, where Rihanna is a yearly participant. Also, by meeting new people you will be able to expand your knowledge, understand other values and enrich yourself among a diverse community.
6. Family Time
In addition to living in the Caribbean there’s many activities you and your family can enjoy that you would not normally do in the city. Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing (to name a few), and catamaran cruises. You will find something new for you and your family to enjoy.
Research and Preparation
However, before you start packing to move they are some things you must do before you go and look for paradise. It is imperative that you do some research and preparation or you can find yourself in trouble as many expats do. Visit the island, talk to expats in the region and gain knowledge and insight to make your move a success. Welcome To The Caribbean!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Gabrielle Price
Gabrielle Price (author) on August 15, 2020:
Thanks for your response! I am living in Barbados for over 7 years. It does has its challenges, but I am enjoying my island life.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 15, 2020:
I have always been fascinated with the Caribbean. Maybe it was the stories my uncle told about working there and his return visits later or the photos of idyllic white beaches and palm trees. Your article has definitely sold it to me. I need to book those flights!